Story: New Zealand wars

The end of the war

James Belich's 1986 book The New Zealand wars and the Victorian interpretation of racial conflict was a radical new look at the New Zealand wars. Belich presented the Māori as fine strategists who came very close to winning several campaigns. Subsequently his research was presented in a television series, The New Zealand wars. In the first episode Belich argued that the battle of Ruapekapeka was not a glorious victory for the British, but a strategic defeat – and that the peace that followed the northern war gave Hōne Heke Pōkai and his followers much of what they had fought for.  

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Danny Keenan, 'New Zealand wars - Northern war, 1845–1846', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/video/36902/the-end-of-the-war (accessed 17 November 2018)

Story by Danny Keenan, published 20 Jun 2012, reviewed & revised 8 Feb 2017